Cassidy Weeks and the Bayport-Blue Point girls lacrosse team are primed for a playoff run, and after the Phantoms’ performance Thursday, other Suffolk Class C teams should be on notice.
The Phantoms unleashed 33 shots, and led by Weeks’ four goals, two assists and five draw controls, bested visiting Sayville, 15-4, in both teams’ Suffolk III finales.
A combination of speed, aggressiveness and dodging ability makes Weeks a nuisance on the field, and her six points marked her highest output since March 28.
Coach Ryan Gick said Weeks “can be a dominating force,” and she proved it early in the first half when she nabbed a draw out of the air and sprinted downfield, firing a laser into the back of the net.
It was her work on the draw that helped the Phantoms put distance between themselves and the Golden Flashes. A 4-2 lead quickly jumped to 7-2 by halftime after goals from Ailish Kelly, Madison Waters and Kyla Zapolski.
Brooke Hoss scored to open the second half for Sayville (8-4), but the Phantoms answered with a 4-0 run, bookended by goals from Zapolski. They led 11-3 with 16:09 remaining.
“We always go for the perfect look,” Weeks said about the team’s patient approach to offense. “We do try and push it sometimes, but we always want to have that really good shot that we know is going to go in.”
Gick was pleased, calling the performance one of the season’s best for Bayport-Blue Point (11-1). Perhaps it was because two of his key players, Kelsi LoNigro and Courtney Weeks, Cassidy’s twin sister, have finally returned from early-season injuries.
Courtney Weeks had a goal and an assist in her return. LoNigro, in her fourth game, had three goals.
“It’s so nice to have them back,” Cassidy Weeks said. “Just having them back, having all the pieces back together, we can finally run all the offenses.”
It’s their presences, along with the all-around play of the team, that has Zapolski excited about the upcoming playoffs. Ousted last year by Mount Sinai in the Suffolk Class C final, the Phantoms have aspirations for more.
“I think that this game today proved that we are a team to be reckoned with,” Zapolski said.
Bayport lost to Mount Sinai 9-5 in April but Zapolski is still confident that with their star power back, the Phantoms can make a run.
Said Zapolski: “This is the year.”